The Bach Festival in Leipzig
Photo © Gert Mothes / Leipzig Bach Festival
Statue of Bach
Interior of the Thomaskirche, Leipzig
Join this spectacular annual festival as it celebrates a ‘family reunion’ of Bach performers from all over the world
Acclaimed international pianists Sir András Schiff and Angela Hewitt, OBE, will present The Well-Tempered Clavier across two concerts
Further highlights will include the St John Passion, a series of motets and choral cantatas, and the timeless Mass in B minor
"I feel privileged to have had John Bryden as my tour leader on trips"
ACE customer on previous Bach Festival in Leipzig tour with John Bryden
Leipzig lies at the heart of the classical music tradition: Wagner was born here, Mendelssohn died here and Bach spent nearly three decades as Kapellmeister at the Thomaskirche. It is fitting, therefore, that Leipzig plays host to a magnificent annual festival centred on Bach and the composers he inspired.
Postponed from 2020, the 2022 festival promises to be a great celebration not only of Bach’s music but also the ‘extended family’ of Bach musicians, choirs and societies that regularly perform his works all over the world. Drawing on the diversity and specialisms of these artists, the festival’s creators cordially invite us to attend the “greatest ‘family reunion’ the global Bach community has ever held”.
Delving into this rich line-up, our tour weaves a carefully selected programme of festival performances around cultural visits, both in and within striking distance of Leipzig. We will begin with a performance of the St Matthew Passion from renowned Swiss choir and orchestra of the J S Bach Foundation of St Gallen under Rudolf Lutz. Mid-way through our tour, we will be privileged to experience The Well-Tempered Clavier performed by not one but two highly acclaimed artists, Sir András Schiff and Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt, OBE – one of the most celebrated living performers and interpreters of J S Bach in the world.
Interspersed with these famous works, we will enjoy a concert of motets by Bach himself as well as those connected to him: Johann Schelle, former Kantor of the Thomaskirche, and Johann Christoph Altnickol, Bach’s son-in-law and a composer, organist and singer. Later, the Nikolaikirche will host us for what is sure to be a spectacular performance of choral cantatas courtesy of the Netherlands Bach Society. Our tour builds towards the festival’s magnificent closing concert, Bach’s Mass in B minor, in the stunning surroundings of Leipzig’s Thomaskirche.
We will stay throughout the tour in the centre of Leipzig at the Seaside Park Hotel, a four-star Art Deco residence situated within easy walking distance of the Thomaskirche.
This tour will be led by John Bryden, MA, ARCM, ARCO. A former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Britain, John is also a member of the Dartington Piano Duo and has played across Britain and Europe as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician.
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Included: Return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, three lunches, six dinners (two light) with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not Included: Travel insurance, single room supplement £235.